The dangers of pit-brow work, 1911

Since 1842 women had been prevented from working down mines, and in 1911 the government wanted to extend this ban to pit-brow girls and women, who worked above ground. Sam Wood, ex-Mayor of Wigan, argued against this, claiming that the work was 'neither detrimental to their health or morals nor dangerous to their limbs'. However, pit-head workers were in fact often injured or killed, usually as a result of being crushed by coal wagons.
Catalogue reference: POWE 8/28/202217, no. 251 (20 November 1911)

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